I highly recommend fish flings. Tossing salmon carcassses, fresh or frozen, into local rivers and streams adds nutrients to the water as the fish decay. Good for our local salmon amd other wildlife.
I flung fish this morning in the
deepest wilds of North Tacoma, in the Puget Creek gulch where Scott Hanson has made it his life’s work to restore
a salmon run. Scott heads up the Puget Creek Restoration Society, and he sent out an email appeal for volunteers to help dump 100 or so carcassses into the creek. The Puyallup Tribe donated the fish.
The fish weren’t smelly, as you might think, but they are definitely yucky,
so we all wore plastic ponchos and gloves Scott provided. About six volunteers showed up. Only one kid, unfortunately; this is a great way to show kids the ways of nature – in the middle of the city, yet.
Go to the society’s Web site to get on Scott’s mailing list. The Nisqually Tribe also does public fish flings on the Nisqually and Mashel rivers near Eatonville in the fall and winter. (Be sure to check out the tribe’s cool home page.) The photo was taken at a 2003 fling on the Nisqually.
Call these folks to find out when this winter’s Nisqually flings will be held:
For more information, contact: Jeanette Dorner, salmon recovery program manager, Nisqually Tribe, (360) 438-8687. Don Perry, volunteer coordinator, Nisqually Tribe, (360) 438-8687. Emmett O’Connell, NWIFC, (360)528-4304.